MINERAL RIDGE, Ohio (WYTV) – Running is a combination of talent, drive and dedication. Mineral Ridge senior Abbey Strohmeyer has all three of those qualities.
She’s an All-Conference performer in both track and cross country for the Rams. Plus, she’s a top-notch student, earning Strohmeyer the honor of our “33 Student Athlete of the Week.”
“I would say running is my life,” Strohmeyer said. “I can’t go more than like a week without running. It’s like my stress reliever but also the thing that causes me the most stress.”
Running is a way of life for Strohmeyer. After all, she’s been running ever since she can remember. Now, she’s an All-Conference performer at Mineral Ridge competing in both track and cross country.
“I’d really just tell myself to not stop, just keep pushing no matter how much pain I’m in,” Strohmeyer said. “Or if I lose feeling in my legs or my arms and I’m getting tunnel vision or I’m about to black out, I just tell myself to keep going and I’m almost there.”
That drive has pushed Strohmeyer to great success in her four years with the Rams. She’s a three-time regional qualifier in track, specializing in the 400-meter along with several relays. Her big goal this year is to qualify for Columbus.
“I need to go to State at this point because it’s been three years in a row where I’ve made it so close but I haven’t gotten there yet and always in the back of my mind. I’m just thinking about State and about how much I want to be there and how much I want to run there,” Strohmeyer said.
Off the track, Strohmeyer carries a 3.96 GPA and is on pace to be salutatorian of her senior class. Next year, she’s heading to YSU to study chemistry. Then it’s on to grad school in hopes of becoming a chemistry teacher one day.
“Even as an elementary school student, I would always want A’s,” she said. “And if I got anything less than an A on a test, I would cry for like a week. I just want to be the best at everything – even if I can’t be, I’ll try to be.”